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SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival Welcomes New Festival Producer

Recently the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) announced the hiring of Leslie Jacobson as the Festival Producer of SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival.

Leslie Jacobson returns to area to lead production of 2011 Festival in Nevada City

Recently the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) announced the hiring of Leslie Jacobson as the Festival Producer of SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, which is scheduled for its 9th annual event in Nevada City from January 14-16, 2011.

Ms. Jacobson has over a decade of experience producing complex and dynamic events, both locally and throughout Northern California. She’s played key roles in locally-known events such as Sacramento Earth Day, California WorldFest, and the KVMR Celtic Festival, nightLIVE concert series, plus live on-air auction. She has been an independent event consultant and producer in the Bay Area for such notable organizations as Bread & Roses, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Tarpan Studios, and Marin Magazine since moving from Nevada County in 2004.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Leslie on board our team of SYRCL staff and volunteers,” states SYRCL Executive Director Jason Rainey. “The Wild & Scenic Festival is so successful because of the hundreds of individuals and business that contribute so generously as volunteers and sponsors. Leslie knows this community and is excited to marshal the talents of our team to ensure Wild & Scenic remains a fabulous local happening, as well as one of the premier film festivals in North America.”

In addition to a distinguished career in event production, Ms. Jacobson also brings experience in fundraising, marketing and business management, as well as leadership in a wide range of community-based organizations. She also served as a volunteer in the early years of SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival.

“As a longtime fan and supporter of SYRCL, I am honored to return to Nevada City in the role of Festival Producer”, Ms. Jacobson said. “SYRCL has created an exceptional event that not only brings together the community, but also serves to motivate and inspire the pubic to explore environmental issues. I look forward to working with the fantastic team to ensure the continued success of the largest environmental film festival in the United States.”

Ms. Jacobson will take over the roles held by Kathy Dotson, who served as a SYRCL staff member since 2000 and was the founding Festival Director for the first eight productions of the Wild & Scenic Festival.

As a program of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL; pronounced ‘circle’), the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival showcases environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.

Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River. Our Wild & Scenic Film Festival “On Tour” serves as a national platform for local environmental advocacy in over 80 communities across the country.